Web apps, native apps, and app ecosystems →

November 27, 2014 |

Glenn Fleishman compares the strengths and weaknesses of native apps vs Web apps from a development standpoint. In the end, what are the factors that may make a developer choose one over the other?

I’d argue that it boils down to several app ecosystem features, rather than native code advantages. When there’s a genuine choice between building a Web app or native app, and when audience and revenue are important, the ecosystem makes the difference.

Let me take The Magazine as an example, since I’ve lived with it for over two years, and most of that as its owner. What does Apple offer (and Google and other platforms as well)?